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Wasdell state that they have been speaking with SBC for over two years to find a suitable site to meet their needs. They have supposedly considered all options (we are yet to see evidence of this) and are using an argument that they must have freehold land and that if a site cannot be found in Swindon they will move from this area, resulting in a loss of 600 jobs. Wasdell have other sites in Newcastle, Burnley and Dublin. This is possibly scaremongering on their part.
Wanborough Parish Council strongly oppose the proposal, as does our the Ridgeway Ward Councillor – Gary Sumner, believing that a suitable site could be found elsewhere in Swindon. SBC have rejected the initial proposal submitted as part of the SHELAA (Strategic Houseing Economic Land Availability Assessment).
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Martin Tedham is the owner of Wasdell and lives in Chiseldon. Wasdell is an expanding family business with several sites. Mr Tedham wants a location with easy access to the M4. He insists on freehold, and therefore deems Symmetry Park unsuitable. He has already significantly invested in the proposal to develop the Inlands Farm site.
Inlands farm is owned by James Hussey who farms at Uffcot. James has been looking to get a better return on his grade 3 agricultural land. He recently engaged with SBC for a solar farm on part of this site, but did not submit an application.
Turley are local land promoters. They have convinced Martin Tedham that Inlands Farm stands a good chance of gaining development. Considerable costs have already been incurred by Wasdell: Archaeological investigations have been carried out and the recent ‘open day’ at the Holiday Inn, a large number of PR and other consultants were involved. As part of the planning process the developers would need to show alternative sites have been explored.
Turley believe the loss of 600 current jobs, the potential for a further 800 jobs would outweigh all environmental and non-coalsecence policies for the area. Turley are also bullish that concerns regarding availability of Water, Sewage and Flooding issues can be mitigated. Turley also are working with Ainscough on the Lotmead development
George Paton is an Agricultural land agent. He has been actively working with landowners around Moorleaze and was active in the Redlands development.
Neil Cowley, primarily house builder based in Chiseldon is also involved. Vox PR are the PR agents employed by Wasdell to promote this proposal.
Swindon Borough Council’s view is that this site is not suitable for this development.
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All 184 documents for this planning application are available via the Swindon Borough Council Planning Portal using reference S/OUT/18/1943 or postcode SN4 0AS.
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